About General Datum Points
To create datum points that lie on or are offset from the model geometry, use the general type of datum points. Depending on the existing geometry and your design intent, you can use different methods for specifying the point's location.

Within one Datum Point feature, you can add points using different placement methods.

You can place a general datum point at the following locations:
• On a curve, edge, or axis
• At the center of a circular or elliptical entity
• On a surface or quilt, or offset from a surface or quilt
• On a vertex or offset from a vertex
• Offset from an existing datum point
• Offset from a coordinate system
• At the intersection of entities. For example, you can place a point at the intersection of three planes, at the intersection of a curve and a surface, or at the intersection of two curves.

You cannot place a datum point on the axis of a coordinate system. However, you can use an axis of a coordinate system as the offset direction.

Accessing a General Datum Point
Click
Model, click the arrow next to
Point, and click
Point to create a general datum point.
Using the ObjectAction Workflow
With certain types of datum points, you can first select feature references and then activate the Datum Points tools.
You can select the following feature references before activating the tool:
• A vertex
• Multiple vertices
• A curve
• An edge
• A surface or quilt
• A datum axis
• A coordinate system
You can select the following combinations of entities after activating the tool:
• A datum point and a coordinate system or an axis of a coordinate system
• A datum point and a straight curve, edge, or axis
• A datum point and a datum plane or planar surface
• A vertex and a straight curve, edge, or axis
• A vertex and a datum coordinate system or an axis of a coordinate system
• A vertex and datum plane or planar surface
• Two or three surfaces
• Two edges or curves
• Surface (or datum plane) and curve (or edge)
Creating a Group of Datum Points on a Surface or Quilt
You can create a group of datum points on a surface or quilt by placing multiple points on the selected reference. All points created during one operation belong to the same group.